Turn Off the Lights: The Annual ‘Christmas at the Western Mall’ Cancelled for 2016
If one of your holiday traditions each year is to take in the "Christmas at the Western Mall" light show, you can cross that one off your Christmas list.
Thanks to a decline in attendance and donations organizers have pulled the plug on the annual Christmas light show for at least this year.
KDLT News is reporting that the light show set to holiday music, that took nearly 40 hours to coordinate for each song will be on a hiatus during the 2016 Christmas season.
The show that benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation has been in existence for ten years. The first four being at Joe Noe's home in Crooks and the last six located in the Western Mall.
To date, the Christmas in the Western Mall light show has raised over $225,000, but last year it only brought in $15,000. While similar shows have raised as much as $31,000.
According to Paul Kreuger, the CEO and president of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, “We are already exploring next year, including the possibility of returning the show to the community of Crooks. At the same time, we are grateful to Brian and Joe and everyone who has been involved in the past.”
One way or another, organizers Brian Schumacher and Joe Noe are hopeful the show will go on again in 2017.
Source: KDLT News